Chief Advocacy Officer
National Association of REALTORS®
Shannon McGahn is the Chief Advocacy Officer for the National Association of REALTORS®, which represents more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. McGahn is responsible for leading NAR’s Advocacy Group, which includes Federal Legislative and Political Affairs and Political Representative teams. She provides strategic advice on public policy issues impacting NAR and helps direct its Independent Expenditure and Public Advocacy programs.
Before joining America’s largest trade association, McGahn served as the staff director for the House Financial Services Committee and, prior to that, as a counselor to the United States Treasury Secretary. She also held communications roles for three members of House Leadership during her near 20-year Capitol Hill career. In addition, McGahn served as Vice President for a D.C.-based public affairs firm, and held the same position for a consulting firm focused on grassroots communication in major national media markets. As the first woman to hold the Chief Advocacy Officer position in NAR’s 112-year history, McGahn brings with her nearly two decades of experience working with or for the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government. As she continues her career at NAR, she is focused on working on behalf of America’s 1.3 million REALTORS® to promote and protect property ownership for people across the United States.
McGahn earned her B.A. in History from The George Washington University. A native of Westerville, Ohio, she currently resides in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband and two sons.